150 Years
W. Fencing Coaching Staff
Zoltan Dudas
Head Coach

Zoltan Dudas enters his ninth season as head coach of the Princeton men's and women's fencing teams in 2014-15. Every year during his Princeton career, Princeton has earned a top-10 finish at the NCAA Championship, and from 2011-14, Princeton was the only school in the nation to post a top-four finish every year.

Princeton's climb to the top of the NCAA standings had the Tigers in 10th place in 2007 and in 2008, his first two seasons as head coach, followed by an eighth-place finish in 2009, a sixth-place finish in 2010, a fourth-place standing in 2011, runner-up in 2012 and finally the pinnacle in 2013 with the program's first joint NCAA men's/women's championship. The finish helped earn Dudas the 2013 U.S. Fencing Coaches Association Collegiate Varsity Fencing Coach of the Year honors. As an encore, Princeton finished runner-up in 2014 to stand as the only school to finish in the top two every year from 2012-14.

Under Dudas, Princeton has taken the maximum 12 NCAA Championship qualifications every year since 2010.

During his eight seasons, Dudas has led Princeton fencers to 49 All-America accolades out of 81 NCAA participants with a high of 10 of a possible 12 accolades at the 2013 NCAA finals. When Dudas took over the Princeton program before the 2006-07 season, Princeton had not had an NCAA individual champion since 2001. Since his arrival, the program has had two, with Jonathan Yergler '13 winning the NCAA epee title in 2012 and Eliza Stone '13 winning the saber title in 2013.

Princeton's women have won five straight Ivy League titles through the 2014 season, and the men's team captured the crown in 2010 and 2012. The women's team has an ongoing 31-match Ivy League win streak and a 51-match overall win streak heading into the 2014-15 season.

Overall, Dudas has a 135-41 dual-meet record with the men's team and a 167-29 record with the women. Both programs have set wins records under Dudas, with the Princeton women's five winningest seasons all-time coming over the last five campaigns and the Princeton men's six winningest years all-time coming over the last six seasons. In 2013-14, the Princeton women set a program wins record and posted the program's first undefeated season by going 31-0 in dual meets.

Dudas, a native of Hungary, came to Princeton from Notre Dame, where he was an assistant for five years. Dudas helped guide an Irish fencing team that finished a combined fourth of 29 schools at the 2006 NCAA Championships in his final season after helping direct the men's and women's program to combined team titles in 2003 and 2005. Focusing his tutelage on the foil and epee competitors, the Irish had 29 All-America finishes and 34 NCAA Championships appearances in those disciplines. While at Notre Dame, he coached at the Escrime du Lac, a fencing club, where his fencers won three national titles.

A 1992 graduate of Juhasz Gyula College in Hungary, Dudas came to the United States in 2000 after serving as a physical education teacher at both grade school and high school levels for 10 years, first as a student teacher and then as full-time staff. As a physical education teacher at Szechenyi Istvan High School, the handball team he led won the National Handball Championship in 1999, topping more than 250 teams. He also coached fencing at the Szegedi Postas Sport Club from 1985-1999. Once in the U.S., Dudas was a fencing coach at the Saturn Fencing Center in Cleveland, Ohio, from 2000-01 before moving to the Notre Dame, Ind., area. Before becoming a full-time assistant at UND in 2002-03, he served as a consultant to the Fighting Irish program for the 2002 season while heading up the fencing program at the Indiana Fencing Academy in Mishawaka, Ind.

 

 Year  Overall Record  Ivy League Record  NCAA Finish

NCAA Participants,
All-Americas

 2006-07  9-5 (M),
 9-6 (W)
 3-2 (M, 3rd),
 2-4 (W, 4th)
 10th  Seven NCAA Participants, One All-America
 2007-08  11-5 (M),
 8-6 (W)
 2-3 (M, 4th),
 2-4 (W, 4th)
 10th   Six NCAA Participants,
 Three All-Americas 
 2008-09  17-3 (M),
 16-6 (W)
 3-2 (M, 3rd),
 4-2 (W, 3rd)
 8th  Eight NCAA Participants,
 Four All-Americas
 2009-10  21-3 (M),
 27-3 (W)
 5-0 (M, 1st),
 6-0 (W, 1st) 
 6th   12 NCAA Participants,
 Six All-Americas
 2010-11  17-7 (M),
 24-3 (W)
 2-3 (M, 4th),
 6-0 (W, 1st)
 4th  12 NCAA Participants,
 Seven All-Americas
 2011-12  23-2 (M),
 23-3 (W)
 5-0 (M, 1st),
 6-0 (W, 1st)
 2nd  12 NCAA Participants,
 Nine All-Americas
 2012-13  19-5 (M),
 29-2 (W)
 3-2 (M, 2nd),
 6-0 (W, 1st)
 1st  12 NCAA Participants,
 10 All-Americas
 2013-14  18-11 (M),
 31-0 (W)
 3-2 (M, 3rd),
 6-0 (W, 1st)
 2nd  12 NCAA Participants,
 Nine All-Americas
 Totals  135-41 (M),
167-29 (W)
 26-14 (M, 2 Ivy titles),
38-10 (W, 5 Ivy titles) 
   81 NCAA Participants,
  49 All-Americas
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Juhasz Gyula
Graduating Year: 1992
Email: zdudas@princeton.edu
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